45 episodes

Dedicated to giving coaches, athletes, and fans of Track and Field expert knowledge and insights from practitioners across the various event disciplines and domains of human performance.

The Track and Field Performance Podcast Colm Bourke

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    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

Dedicated to giving coaches, athletes, and fans of Track and Field expert knowledge and insights from practitioners across the various event disciplines and domains of human performance.

    Justin Rinaldi: How to Run a Fast 800m

    Justin Rinaldi: How to Run a Fast 800m

    Very few coaches can say they've had five athletes run 1.44 or faster in the 800m. Joseph Deng and Peter Bol (among several others) have risen to the top of the event -- thanks to the guidance of Justin Rinaldi.

    His group named 'Fast8TrackClub' not only highlights their aim, but it matches how they get there -- they run fast, all year round, but the devil is in the details, so in this episode, Justin unpacked his coaching philosophy which was born out of his own experience as an athlete, and the mistakes he made along the way.

    Follow Justin and the Fast8TrackClub
    -https://www.instagram.com/fast8trackclub/
    -https://www.instagram.com/jrinaldi800
    -https://twitter.com/jrinaldi800
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    Sam Leslie: Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation, Health, and Performance

    Sam Leslie: Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation, Health, and Performance

    Sports and Exercise physiotherapist, to many of Australia's top track and field athletes, Sam Leslie, discusses his multi-layered approach to rehabilitating and reducing injuries as well as improving event specific performance.

    Sam, who works out of MyPhysio Evolution, in Melbourne Australia, takes an evidence based approach to help establish timelines for the returning to full health and selecting methods that match the athletes characteristics and the current stage of the injury among other variables. He explains the contents and application of direction-based programming which is a focal point of his practice throughout this episode.

    Lifestyle and stress management was also a feature of the discussion, Sam is currently developing an educational resource and application called 'Peak' to empower athletes in managing their health and performance.

    High Performance athletes Sam works with: Kathryn Mitchell (Javelin), Chris Mitrevski (LJ), Jake Penny (100m and relay), Jacob Despard (10mm and relay), Tess Kirsopp Cole (800m), Tori West (Heptathlon), Tayleb Willis (110mH), Mackenzie Mielczarek (Javelin)

    You can find more about Sam and his work through his Instagram (below) and his articles on Simpli Faster:
    -@samleslie_sportsphysio
    -https://simplifaster.com/articles/author/samleslie/
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    Daniel Davey: The Ingredients of a High-Performance Lifestyle

    Daniel Davey: The Ingredients of a High-Performance Lifestyle

    Daniel Davey is the Founder of DaveyNutrition and has over 15 years experience as a Performance Nutritionist, 9 of which were spent in elite sport environments with Dublin GAA and Leinster Rugby. 

    We sat down to discuss topics like fueling and recovery based on individual demands like event groups in Athletics as well as creating processes to make nutrition feel like a fun and sustainable experience. 

    Daniel has been around several players who have been in the conversation of 'best in the world' at what they do. In this episode, we spent a lot of time talking about the behaviors and routines of elite athletes.

    Find more Daniels content and services via: https://www.daveynutrition.com/ and his Instagram: @daveynutrition


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Steve Fudge: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

    Steve Fudge: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

    Coach to Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Medalists, Steve Fudge has not just harnessed the talent of elite level prospects, but over the years he has developed a system that is building  world class sprinters from a very earl stage in their career.

    In this episode, Steve spoke about how the initial movements at the start can impact the acceleration, the transition and max velocity 'phases'. When executed well there is fluid continuity from one step to another instead of erratic or disjointed movement.

    Steve carefully explains his methods for developing the technical and physical qualities for the short sprint events alongside managing the factors that come with individual athletes that govern their application. 

    Thank you Steve for sharing such valuable information to all the listeners!

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    John Shepherd: Examining the Winter Training Plan

    John Shepherd: Examining the Winter Training Plan

    John is a well-known coach, content creator, and writer on all things athletics, but perhaps most pertinently, he has a massive aptitude for horizontal jumps training.

    In his first few years of coaching he guided two men under the age 20 jump over 7.70m in the long jump -- one became European Junior Champion. Since that time, he has guided several more athletes to jump 7.70+, 6.30+ (for women) and16.20m in the mens triple jump.

    John believes that specificity can be achieved early in the winter and over training is often a major hinderance to long term development. Designing winter training that is both progressive and specific is what our conversation revolved around.

    Topics:
    -Specific fitness in the winter training plan
    -Using undulating periodization
    -Speed development
    -Over reaching and peaking
    -Developing the long jump takeoff (physiologically and technically)

    Follow John on Social Media:
    -Instagram: instagram.com/johnshepherdwritertrackcoach
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Johnshepherdtrackcoach



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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Boo Schexnayder: Accessing Elasticity for Improved Performance

    Boo Schexnayder: Accessing Elasticity for Improved Performance

    Boo is one of the worlds leading track and field coaches, educators, and rehab consultants. He's coached world champions, he's delivered coaching education  workshops around the world, and now he primarily helps world class athletes return to their best.

    Boo coached 17 NCAA champions in his initial 11 year stint at Louisiana State University. During that time he led Walter Davis to becoming a world indoor and outdoor champion in the triple jump. In 2018, he returned to assist the program as a Strength and Conditioning coach; shortly after both Rayvon Grey and Juvaughn Harrison won individual NCAA titles in the long jump followed by an NCAA team title in 2021.

    Topics of discussion:
    -Improving pelvic oscillation and undulation in sprinting and the vertical component of each stride in the approach
    -Accessing and coordinating necessary rotation at the long jump
    -Key Performance Inhibitors: 'driving' knee during the long jump takeoff, high heel recovery in the hop phase, improper yielding mechanics
    -Rotation of the shin during the triple jump takeoff
    -Heuristics for phase distribution in the triple jump
    -Task complexity and its impact on intensity: selection of technical work, weightroom exercises, plyometrics
    -Athlete readiness: Methods monitoring recovery/readiness (particularly with developed athletes) e.g. standing triple jump
    -Common traits among successful coaches and educators
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

XenoChargerFan ,

Awesome interviews!

Found you because I wanted to listen to Coach John Shepherd while on a flight. Your podcast is a goldmine! I have to listen to the rest of all of the other episodes now. But do you think you can bring back Coach Bob Thurnhoffer and ask him more about how he sets up mat training for take offs?

Mark Reedy ,

Track and field performance podcast

As a high school track coach for over 25 years, the one thing that I’ve learned is that I have a lot to learn. Colm and his guests have been instrumental in making me a better coach. I can’t believe he is only in his 20s.

Mikecthulo ,

Great show!

Guest brings a unique spin to interviews. Really unique set is guests. I recommend being subscribed!

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